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Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games was originally the first book of a series written by Suzanne Collins. Over time, it’s developed a large and loyal fan base since its debut in 2008. with the film of the same name coming out, the people at Lionsgate surely hopes that this fan base gravitates towards the theaters to see the big screen translation in hopes of making it into a movie franchise.

Like the book, the film that goes by the same name tells the story of a teenage girl named Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) who lives with her mother and her sister Prim (Willow Shields). Katniss and her family live in what is now known as Panem, but was once called North America. in Panem, the powers that be hold an event once a year where one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts compete in a battle to the death competition known as the Hunger Games.

These games have been put together by the government of Panem as punishment for an attempted revolution that took place nearly eighty years earlier. This nationally televised event forces these teenagers to go against each other until only one is left standing. Katniss is one of the 24 kids enlisted in this year’s event, which is the 74th occurrence of the games. unlike the others who were randomly selected, she actually volunteers in order to take the place of her younger sister who had been selected instead. like all of her other opponents, her only goal is to somehow make it all the way to the end.

The Hunger Games is a movie that will be familiar to most due to the fact that it’s based on a novel that many have read and the fact that we’ve seen this stuff before. There have been quite a few films similar to this that have been released for the big screen. with that being said, it did have some potential to be a fantastic movie based on the promise that it showed early on. the only problem here is that it never reached the heights that it could have.

One of the negatives about the Hunger Games was the lack of character development. that hurt the movie in my eyes, because it didn’t allow me to get into the actual characters. almost all of the kids were nameless and faceless, so when one of them would die off, it would just feel empty and meaningless. if you’re going to try to use a couple of dramatic scenes featuring people dying, it would help to have the characters be of some significance by learning something about them.

Character development would have helped this movie in particular, because there are so many dry spots and empty scenes where nothing happens. they could have easily taken these opportunities when nothing is actually going on to develop these guys and get the audience emotionally invested in them. that would have made the movie and its events more dramatic and engrossing, but they decided to go in another route.

A good portion of the Hunger Games shows certain characters sleeping, eating or sitting down. There literally might have been more scenes of them sleeping than there were of them actually fighting. if I wanted to see someone do any of that, I would just go and get married or something. these scenes repeatedly killed any momentum the movie looked like it was beginning to show anytime they came up. like most people, I go to see a movie to be entertained and those things aren’t entertaining to watch. You had a few good actors here and I think they could have been used much better.

This biggest flaw in the Hunger Games wasn’t that it was terrible, the biggest flaw was that they just didn’t do enough with what they had. For example, Gary Ross could have used the first quarter of the movie to develop the characters and show off some of the beautiful scenery that we don’t get to see enough of. instead we get thrown right into the movie and then a bunch of nothing follows behind it. the film itself ended up feeling like it was too long, because of things like this and it didn’t need have so many empty areas.

The truth is the Hunger Games is a rated R movie that’s toned down to fit what is required to obtain a PG-13 rating. they left a lot of stuff out that should have been included in order to allow their target audience to see it and the film is hindered in some important parts because of this. the violence was far too tame and much of it wasn’t even shown. It’s basic and can be viewed as the Running Man for younger audiences.

There were also some chances for some big ideas and themes to be examined, but that didn’t happen either. because of the way the Hunger Games is structured, it’s difficult to get into it the way you’re supposed to. the film story could have been much deeper, much stronger and more meaningful. instead, what they did was keep the story very thin and on a straight and uncomplicated path.

It’s also filled with some of those basic and familiar people who you’re used to seeing in movies. There’s the bully/jock types who are basically the best group of competitors in the field, the loser that no one believes in, the black guy who’s also a top contender and there’s the drunk. the drunk is an odd character that’s played by Harrelson. He’s never actually drunk after the first couple of scenes that he’s in and is perfectly sober and fine throughout the rest of it. I know he might have been a drunk in the book, but that portion of the character is made completely irrelevant in the movie.

The Hunger Games isn’t bad enough for me to completely rip it, but it simply wasn’t that good and has very little to offer. I can’t fault the actors on this one since most of them did what was asked of them. all the blame goes on the director of the film and the writers. There were several things that could have been done to save the movie, but they ignored most of those. hopefully, I won’t be saying the same thing about the sequels.

Cast:
Jennifer Lawrence
Josh Hutcherson
Woody Harrelson
Liam Hemsworth
Elizabeth Banks
Lenny Kravitz
Stanley Tucci
Donald Sutherland
Amandla Stenberg

Film Length: 142 minutes

Release Date: March 23, 2012

Distributor: Lionsgate

Review: The Hunger Games


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    Early Buzz: MET Costume Gala, Drake, Selena Gomez and More

    The MET Costume Gala went down in New York Monday night. as in years past, the world’s most beautiful people attended and looked beautiful. Rate the dresses here.

    Do you want to open for Drake? (And do you live in the States?) you should probably have a look at this.

    The scariest thing on the Dark Shadows set was Johnny Depp’s toilet. Apparently, Depp’s vampire make-up was so fussy he needed to be accompanied by a team of assistants on every bathroom break.

    More political ads should be ads for Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis movies.

    Selena Gomez and the rest of the Spring Breakers cast are featured in an Interview magazine feature and photospread, and according to Gomez, the new role exposed her to "bad girl" activities she’s never experienced in real life. "I mean, I’d never smoked a cigarette beore in my entire life. … they had to show me how to do it," Gomez says in the interview. (She’d also never robbed a restaurant, or partied with James Franco before. we think.)

    If mark Wahlberg wears nothing but underpants in public, does he get a paycheque from Calvin Klein? something to ponder while you gawk at these pics.

    Nelly Furtado shared the tracklisting for her upcoming album, The Spirit Indestructible — along with a bunch of emoticons. (Early reviews give the record 7 winky, smile-faces out of 10.)

    Snooki on why she’ll be the world’s best mom: "I’m loving, caring, sensitive, protective and very maternal, no matter what people might think."

    This is what a new Passion Pit song sounds like. the band releases upcoming album Gossamer on July 24.

    Remember Jared Padelecki from Gilmore Girls and Supernatural? These photos should help jog your memory.

    Two things make Eva Mendes giggle: 1) Onesie pajamas; 2) Jokes about Ryan Gosling.

    In case The Avengers‘ superpowered box office this weekend wasn’t enough of a reminder, yes, there will be an Iron Man 3. Ben Kingsley is in, Jessica Chastain is out.

    And now a message from Pepsi (and Nicki Minaj).

    Anne Heche is returning to TV in a new series called Save Me, about a woman who believes she can channel the voice of God — as opposed to an alien named Celestia?

    In news straight out of a very-special episode of 7th Heaven, Stephen Collins and his wife of 27 years are separating.

    Lady Gaga will look like a Simpsons character when she guest stars on The Simpsons.

    James Cromwell is the latest actor to join the second season of American Horror Story.

    Andre 3000 is back! (But he’s making movies, not music.) it seems that the Outkast MC will play Jimi Hendrix in a new biopic.

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      Tyler Perry plays predictable business man in ‘Good Deeds’

      LOS ANGELES (KABC) — in “Good Deeds,” Tyler Perry plays a successful businessman whose life has settled into somewhere between predictable and boring.

      his affluent world is turned upside down when he crosses paths with a down-on-her luck single mom.

      Paying attention to those around him is something Perry values.

      “I certainly have people around me who tell the truth, and the great thing about being in atlanta is that the people on the street tell me the truth. ‘ that last movie sucked, you need to do better’ or ‘we really love it, we’re with you, we support you,'” Perry said. “I’m good with constructive criticism. I always find out, is this vitriolic because I won’t accept that, but I’m looking for the truth.”

      Co-star Gabrielle Union said the experience has taught her an important truth in her own life.

      “It was right around the time I got divorced, somebody said, you realize there is no ribbon or gold medal for living someone else’s life, you only live one life, you better live it up, be the last person out of the club, dance on a table, eat the steak, you know, have the pie,” she said.

      “Good Deeds” is Tyler Perry’s 12th film. his first 11 have grossed more than $500 million. Perry said his phenomenal success was never part of any master plan.

      “I don’t know where this force to be reckoned with came from, but it’s all about one foot in front of the other, what is the next thing for me to do,” he said.

      “Good Deeds” is in theatres February 24th.

      (Copyright ©2012 KABC-TV/DT. all Rights Reserved.)

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        Study: Android users sad hicks, iPhone users rich girls

        Today, Google bought Motorola Mobility and the world stopped.

        While it did, I had time to open an e-mail from the folks at Hunch, a Web site that tries to take decisions out of your hands (and your head).

        The e-mail contained an interesting infographic that offered some of the most graphic (if not always the most informational) illustration of the difference betweenAndroid users and those who prefer iPhones.

        Firstly, and perhaps most stunningly, Android users are 86 percent more likely thaniPhone users to live in the countryside. what can this possibly mean? Possibly nothing, but wait. Those who prefer the little green robot are also 80 percent more likely to have only a high school diploma. They’re also 71 percent more likely to say they follow rather than lead.

        Surely one of those nice illustrators in Central Park could draw a perfect picture of these people without even having one sit in front of them.

        What a contrast with iPhone users. they are 67 percent more likely to have a household income of more than $200,000. they are 39 percent more likely to declare themselves high-maintenance. And they are 18 percent more likely to be women.

        Please, I haven’t made any of this up. This is, allegedly, all based on responses from 15,818 Hunchers.

        The infographic is so full of joyous nuggets that mere words can barely do it justice. Androiders are 71 percent more likely never to have traveled beyond the borders of the United States. they are more than 100 percent more likely to be PC users. And they adore “How I Met your Mother.”

        iPhone users, world travelers that they are, loved “Midnight in Paris” and are 67 percent more likely to back up their laptops constantly. oh, and they’re 13 percent more likely to play a musical instrument.

        I know the infographic will offer hours of endless mirth, laughter, and solemn shaking of heads all around the world. if it’s begun turning yet, that is.

        (Credit:Hunch)

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          Prequel To Idris Elba’s “Luther” Series, Titled “Luther: The Calling,” Now Available For Purchase

          A prequel to the BBC’s critically-acclaimed Idris Elba BBC drama Luther is now in available for purchase… in the form of a paperback novel! That’s right, Neil Cross, the creator of the series, has penned a 368-page prequel novel titled Luther: The Calling, published by Simon & Schuster, and which hit UK bookstores on August 1st.

          Though, you can purchase a copy even if you don’t live in the UK. I checked Amazon.com, and there are UK-based resellers already unloading copies of the book ready to be shipped to almost anywhere in the world, starting at around $28.

          So, what’s the story here?

          Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He’s a murder detective. A near-genius. He’s brilliant; he’s intense; he’s instinctive. He’s obsessional. He’s dangerous. DCI John Luther has an extraordinary clearance rate. he commands outstanding loyalty from friends and colleagues. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. And yet there are rumours that DCI Luther is bad – not corrupt, not on the take, but tormented. Luther seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things he shouldn’t; things way beyond the limits of the law. Luther: The Calling, the first in a new series of novels featuring DCI John Luther, takes us into Luther’s past and into his mind. It is the story of the case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart and propelled him over the precipice. Beyond fury, beyond vengeance. all the way to murder…

          I’m guessing the case being referred to here that tore his personal and professional life apart was the one that we saw the end of in the beginning of the first episode of season 1 last year.

          Something else that stands out here is that this will be “the first in a new series of novels,” so expect more to come.

          Might one of these paperbacks (and maybe hardcovers eventually) be the source for the Luther movie that so many fans of the series are hoping for, and that Idris himself has already expressed strong interest in producing?

          Maybe… maybe not.

          In the meantime, feel free to pick up a copy, all you Luther crazies.

          I might get one myself…

          This will hold me down until Season 3; if there is one.

          Any word on whether it will be available as an e-book?

          Prequel To Idris Elba’s “Luther” Series, Titled “Luther: The Calling,” Now Available For Purchase


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